Army Heavy Equipment Construction Operator Careers

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The Army 21 Echo MOS is also called the Heavy Equipment Construction operator specialty. There are a lot of different projects going on at Army bases and facilities that need the use of heavy construction equipment.  Once in a while the Army contracts out this work, but it prefers to have its own heavy equipment operators.  The Army works in building and maintaining dams, roads, airfields, and preparing sites for new construction as well.  Heavy Equipment Construction operators are an important link in the chain for the Army career. Without them much of the work that the Army does that is central to its mission would not be done.

As an Army Heavy Equipment Construction operator you will be required to use graders, cranes, bulldozers, tractors, and other huge pieces of equipment to do specific tasks.  It takes moving tons of earth to create many of the projects that the Army is involved in, and the Army will train you in how to do this in a swift and efficient way as a Heavy Equipment Construction operator. Heavy Equipment Construction operators are responsible for using wheeled equipment with attachments such as bulldozer attachments; motorized graders and leveling equipment, and self propelled or towed other attachments.

Your duties may include: -Spreading and cutting fill materials with a scraper.

-Transporting heavy equipment with a tractor-trailer rig.

-Digging various trenches and holes using power mechanical equipment.

-Driving road graders, bulldozers, and various other heavy construction equipment.

-Excavating, backfilling, grubbing, stripping, clearing and pushing earth and material with a crawler or bulldozer.


-Assisting combat engineers with their Army missions.

-Interpreting grade stakes and following precise directions.

-Cutting and leveling runways with various heavy equipment.

-Moving and lifting various material using cranes, hoists, lifts and other heavy equipment.

Heavy Equipment Operator Training!

Depending on your particular specialty within the heavy equipment operator MOS you will have anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks of individual advanced training following basic Training. You will learn basic soldiering skills during your 9 weeks of basic training, and then it’s off to formal Heavy Equipment operator school.  You will often be assigned a command and report in right after Heavy equipment school. You could literally be stationed anyplace that the Army has a project going on.  More than some specialties, a person who is in a Heavy Equipment Operator MOS may find that they have an opportunity to travel, as anyplace that a need for a heavy equipment operator exists is a potential duty station for you.

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military dot image ARTURO TELLEZ    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR A POSITION AVAILABLE WITH THE US MILITARY AS A HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. IVE BEEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION FIELD NOW FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS. AND HAVE MANY SKILLS THAT WILL HELP ME BE THE BEST THAT I CAN BE SERVING FOR THE U.S. MILITARY. I AM A LOCAL 12 OPERATOR ENGINEER.


military dot image jeffery simmons    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am currently employed in the oil industry as a contractor operating several types of heavy eqipment. I have a nccco liscense and can operate just about any type of heavy equment. Looking forward to speak to someone.


military dot image Jeremy Abrams    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have put alot of thought into it and i want to join up with the millitary as a heavy equipment operator and im wondering who and where i should go to talk to some body. Its my dream to become a operator ever since i was a kid getting to get on heavy machinery with my dad. I have alot of experince doing stuff with him but no one will give me a job operating equipment because i dont have schooling or anything else. I would love to serve my country and learn how to become a hevy equipment operator!


military dot image Zac Tornquist    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am heading to basic tomorrow and my mos is 21E. For Jeremy. It wasnt hard at all to get this position. I have no experience with machines really and i got this position and a 10000 signing bonus. talk to a recruiter and they can make it happen. good luck


military dot image Zack Wood    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a highly skilled operator who has spent the last 18 years in the Local 139 in Wisconsin. I am highly efficient on grader or any size dozer, finish to push. I am also very smart with grades, and I can run any loader, off road truck, whatever you may need! My father just passed away as a proud US NAVY vet and I would like the opportunity to serve my country. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks!


military dot image Patrick O'Leary    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

First of all the MOS is 12N and called horizontal construction engineer. Secondly, see a recruiter.
-some one in the active army


military dot image Bill Walsh    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a very qualified operator with a hoisting lic. CDL B and a need to do the best job I can possibly do. Are you accepting applicants????


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Bill, no doubt that your service and experience would be honored. If I were you, I would call (not just ’email’) your local recruiter and ask about how you can best use your experience in the Army. You also may want to talk with the other branches, if anything, just to compare (navy seabees). Best, Larry


military dot image Mike Cooper    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I had no idea that the military had a need for heavy machinery operators. It has always been my brother’s dream to operate heavy machinery. I think that he could definitely benefit from finding the right training program.


military dot image humphrey owera    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i am qualified in forklift, excavator,reachstacker,rubber tyre gantry crane, rail mounted gantry crane,ship to shore gantry crane. i’d love to work with you.


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